Celia Hart works without a press, producing hand burnished linocuts and woodcuts on Japanese papers. She enjoys using the negative and positive shapes and the marks of the chisels; this creates depth and variety in the composition.
After gaining a degree in Visual Communication at Brighton, Celia worked for publishers as a designer and illustrator. A trip to Japan in 2003 rekindled her enthusiasm for printmaking and the illustrative print.
She gathers ideas while walking in the countryside near her studio on the Cambridgeshire/Suffolk/Essex border. Encounters with wildlife are held in her mind then hastily sketched in the studio. Carefully observed details are then added but the energy of the initial idea remains through to the final carved block.
She enjoys working in a single colour but for her larger designs she combine blocks of colour printed from wood grain with layers of intricately carved lino. Her work combines layered memories to create a narrative within each design.
Celia enjoys working with art directors and designers on varied projects including wine labels and company branding, for this work she combines traditional block printing with digital work.
From April 2015 to December 2017 she illustrated Frank Ronan’s column for Gardens Illustrated Magazine inspired by his words but including visual asides of her own. In June 2015 she redesigned the Telegraph newspaper’s crest which appears daily on the editorial page. Recent projects have included book jackets for Ben Law’s woodcraft books and 50 linocut illustrations depicting the countryside through the seasons for The Almanac – a seasonal guide to 2019 by Lia Leendertz .
We are delighted to be working closely with Celia for Christmas 2018 and hope that 2019 brings new pieces to her collection as well. Celia has always been environmentally aware and her greetings card range is printed here in England. However, her cards are now packaged using a clear envelope made of starch making everything 100% compostable.
Celia’s prints and cards are now with us here in Hebden Bridge and you can follow her in Instagram.